Voters divided on whether Malcolm Turnbull should continue as Prime Minister

December 13, 2017, 1:00 AM GMT+0

Voters are divided on whether Malcolm Turnbull should continue as Prime Minister, while Labor and the Coalition are back to neck-and-neck on the two party preferred voting intention, according to the latest YouGov-Fifty Acres poll.

  • Just under four in 10 (39%) think Turnbull should remain while (40%) think he should stand down and let someone else take over.
  • Among Coalition voters, 63% think he should continue as Prime Minister while 23% think he should resign. Amongst Labor voters, the majority (52%) think he should resign and just 27% think he should remain.
  • Meanwhile, Labor and the Coalition are neck-and-neck, with Labor on 50% (down three) and the Coalition are on 50% (up three) on the two party preferred voting intention.
  • The primary voting intention has Labor on 35% (up three), the Coalition on 34% (up two), the Greens on 11% (up one), and One Nation on 8% (down three).
  • Health and hospitals is still the top issue in deciding how people will vote, with 49% of people choosing it in their top four (up five since mid-October). Since the referendum same-sex marriage has dropped down the agenda with just 10% selecting it as a top issue, down from 18% in the middle of October.

Australia’s word of the year for 2017: equality

With the Australian National Dictionary centre announcing their new “word of the year” we asked what word people think correctly sums up 2017.

  • The top word was “equality” and many respondents also mentioned gay marriage. Other topics that came up were “fake news” and “Citizenship”.
  • As for the word that was actually chosen (Kwaussie) for the 2017 ‘word of the year’, just 26% of Australians had heard of that word whilst seven in ten (70%) said they hadn’t heard of the word.

YouGov-Fifty Acres word of the year word cloud

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Methodology Overview

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov. Total sample size was 1032 adults aged 18+ years. Fieldwork was undertaken between 7th-10th December 2017. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Australian adults (aged 18+). The survey was carried out online.

This is the latest poll from YouGov, which has a proven record of accuracy in both US and UK politics. In the most recent UK election they were the first polling agency to correctly call the result, showing the country was heading for a hung parliament despite most other organisations showing a large lead for the Conservatives. All polling is subject to a margin of error so it is natural to see some variations from poll to poll.